Bayou City

Houston’s 10 Best Hookup Bars

For many, an evening out at a bar can mean a chance to catch up with friends, maybe play some bar games, perhaps win a few free drinks playing trivia. For others, a trip to the bar is made with one simple goal in mind: to not go home alone. Houston has a bustling bar scene, one packed with twenty- and thirtysomethings looking for nothing more than a one-night stand. These are the ten best hookup bars the city has to offer. And yes, it’s going to be very big on Midtown and Washington bars.

This particular Woodrow’s is a rarity in Midtown, in that there’s not much of a dress code, you can bring your dog and, thanks to an ample patio, there’s room to roam. This provides a chance to come as you are and mingle with potential hookups. That holds particularly true on Thursday nights from March until November, when weekly turtle races pack in flocks of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. (2306 Brazos,

There’s hit-and-miss potential here. Some nights, Kung Fu is absolutely bumping with men and women alike. On occasion, however, it turns into a bit of a sausage fest. Oh well, on those rare occasions, fellas can sidle up to any number of free arcade games with their buddies and pass the time playing NBA Jam or Street Fighter 2. (5317 Washington,

Come on, any bar with a name like The Dirt Bar is bound to have hookup potential. That holds particularly true on nights when House of Blues, which resides across the street, hosts a concert. And considering House of Blues hosts concerts damn near every night of the week, it’s a safe bet a number of concert revelers will be ducking into Dirt Bar afterward looking for a cold drink and, potentially, some nice company. (1209 Caroline,

Another rarity in Midtown, in that Komodo Pub is a laid-back bar with reasonably priced drinks. In short, if Midtown isn’t really your thing but you find yourself down there for whatever reason, this is the place to be. Who knows, you may even strike up a conversation with someone with similar sentiments. And, oh yeah, Komodo has a photo booth in the back, so do with that information what you will. (2004 Baldwin,

6. F BAR
One of Houston’s premiere gay nightclubs, F Bar features such weekly events as Latin Night and a drag show. Coupled with nightly DJs and a bumping dance floor, F Bar – nestled on the border of Montrose and Midtown – is a great hookup spot six nights a week (the club is closed on Mondays). (202 Tuam,

Hey, country folks like to hook up too, and besides, most of the folks who populate this honky-tonk on Washington aren’t country anyway. Point being, country bars are tailor-made for two things – dancing and drinking – each of which has spawned plenty of romance. And even on nights when a hookup just isn’t in the cards, the music is great and the crowd is among the liveliest in Houston. (5002 Washington,

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Clint Hale enjoys music and writing, so that kinda works out. He likes small dogs and the Dallas Cowboys, as you can probably tell. Clint has been writing for the Houston Press since April 2016.
Contact: Clint Hale